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not much action, narrator mistakes.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-20

The story itself is OK, but doesn't have a lot of action. The narrator mispronounces words (DEBacle) and doesn't have much range for different voices for the characters. Phrasing is odd, with misplaced emphasis within sentences. I often found myself mentally rephrasing the sentence in my mind, because it didn't make sense as read.

I'm trying to listen to the Chalion series in order, so this is the first one. I have read these all myself, years ago, in print, but as I get older, I struggle with small print size, and I appreciate having someone else read them aloud. However, the narrator in this case detracted from an otherwise OK story.

Interesting plot, bad copper.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-20

If you are a fan of police brutality, fantasy sex, and pointless subplots, then this is for you. Character Skinner has developed from a guy who struggles to manage his violent inner demon to someone who indulges it, with the open cooperation of Spanish police. Add cartoon know-it-all American wife, who almost clairvoyantly sees exactly what happened in the most confusing crime scene, and you are off to the races. The criminal plot is actually interesting, but the cast of characters ruins it for me.

Gruesome

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-20

The narrator was exquisite, but the detailed descriptions of the mutilations of the victims is too much to bear. I could not finish this book.

cover art

Decent story line, awful narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-19

Shame really. Characters seemed interesting, but I could not get past the reader, who went at breakneck speed with no expression at all. Returned the book.

cover art

Its OK, but very much “ young adult”

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-17

School aged angst mixed with magic. I did not find the characters appealing, cuz it has been a long time since those dramas were my dramas. Might be ok for someone else.

Writing was a little bit of Thesaurus Salad, too, which can be annoying. I did not finish past Chapter 2. Your results may vary.

Great story, stellar narration!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-15

The author has a fine skill in painting different characters, from the war-like Powder Mages, the devious Privileged, the cerebral Investigator, to the timid Laundress. As the story continues, you see new sides of each of these, all played out in an outstanding adventure tale. The use of magic is secondary to the story line, this is mostly character and action-driven. I really enjoyed the adventures, the plot turns, and I look forward with great anticipation to reading the next in the series.

The narration in this book is amazing. All the different voices, both men and women, are voiced in their own distinct tones and accents. Especially fine are the timid laundress Nyla, and the general's down-to-earth bodyguard Ollem. The quality of narration takes this book from a great tale to an outstanding one!

4 people found this helpful

Everyday police work, with some exciting twists

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-15

This story is much less blood-curdling than earlier books, but I enjoyed it on a different level. Not so much on the edge of my seat, but more than a bit of slogging through the day-to-day work that we all know so well, seasoned with MacBride's dark humour, and skillful observations of people and places. All in all, well written and much enjoyed.

The Blackhouse cover art

Exquisite!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-15

The author paints such vivid word pictures, you can almost feel the winds and smell the sea on the Isle of Lewis. The characters are painted just as vividly, so it is an exquisite pleasure to listen to the story unfold. The mystery is just as carefully crafted. The flash-backs to Fin's childhood paint an evocative picture of another time and place, and gradually provide the motivations for the people involved in the modern crime. I have enjoyed it as much the second time thru as I did the first time. I will enjoy this story again and again.

Exquisitely crafted story of adventure and romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-15

Great characters, and excellent story line. Lots of dramatic tension, a dynamic heroine, and a great, light read.

2 people found this helpful

Decent content, but one of the 2 readers is awful.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-15

As a self-help book goes, it contains some useful information about understanding where one comes from in order to adjust how one looks at the world today. The book is read by a woman and a man. The woman is excellent, but the man is so bizarre and awkward. Buy it for the content. I found it helpful, even though I skipped all the sections read by the man.

3 people found this helpful